The Omaha school district officially has a leader beyond this month.
The school board approved a one-year contract with interim Superintendent Virginia Moon on Monday night. The vote was 11-1. Board member Sandra Jensen dissented.
“I look forward to working with Dr. Moon, but I am not able to agree with the contract,” Jensen said before voting a little before midnight.
Moon will get a base salary of $275,000, a $1,000-a-month vehicle allowance and a tax-sheltered annuity worth 12 percent of her salary. In addition, she will get 25 days of vacation.
Her contract began July 31 and runs for a year.
“I've had a very good week so far, and I know it's going to be a great year,” said Moon, who was on hand when the board voted Monday.
After the board's regular meeting Monday, members met in executive session for about two and a half hours. They talked about five items, including the interim superintendent contract.
Last week, the board voted 8-4 to select Moon as the district's interim leader while it searches for a replacement for Superintendent John Mackiel, who is retiring after 40 years with the district.
Mackiel has been on vacation since July 31 and will be until his contract ends Aug. 31, an OPS spokesman said. Mackiel had designated Dennis Pool, the district's top finance administrator, to work with the board in his absence.
On Sept. 1, Moon officially becomes the district's interim superintendent. Until then, she is the district's “interim superintendent-elect.”
Moon, 66, previously spent 11 years as superintendent of Ralston Public Schools before retiring, then taking an interim superintendent job the past two years with Broken Bow Public Schools.
She left the Broken Bow district in June.
During her last three years at Ralston, Moon was paid a base salary of $150,222. She also received $1,000 to be placed in a health insurance account, and $6,500 for a vehicle allowance.
Moon also received a tax-sheltered annuity worth 12 percent of her salary.
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